A New Coalition to Push Back Against Efforts to Censor Teachers, Distort History and Ban Conversations About Race in Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-774-6953
jminichello@aasa.org

AASA Joins Parents, Students, Educators Civic Leaders and Others
as Part of Coalition’s Launch

Alexandria, Va. – September 8, 2021 – With the rapid spread of misinformation about what is being taught in our schools, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to become a founding member of the Learn from History Coalition (LHC), a broad-based bipartisan group of more than 20 leading organizations comprised of school system leaders, educators, parents and students nationwide.

“The misinformation is fueling efforts to censor teachers, omit history and ban conversations about race in our classrooms,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “With the opening of the 2021-22 school year upon us, these falsehoods are causing stress and distraction at the worst possible time.”

Goals of the LHC are:

  • Educate parents and the public about what is actually being taught in schools; and
  • Explain the vital importance of students learning thorough, accurate and fact-based history, and that racism is wrong.

The Learn from History coalition is sending a clear and public message to fill a widening gap to ensure this debate won’t be one-sided anymore.

“Embracing unvarnished history is the only way we can bring Americans together, heal our divisions and create a better future,” said Sharon Adams-Taylor, associate executive director, children’s initiatives and program development, AASA. “That is Learn from History’s charge and our commitment.”

Other organizations endorsing Learn from History include: the National School Boards Association; National Association of Elementary School Principals; American Federation of Teachers; Alliance for Excellent Education; KIPP Public Charter Schools; Democracy Prep Public Schools; Diversify Our Narrative; The Education Trust; Educators for Excellence; inquired; Leading Educators; The National Council for the Social Studies; News Literacy Project; Not in Our Town; Our Turn; School Board Partners; Stand for Children; Teach+Plus; Teach for America; TNTP; Generation Citizen; American Association for State and Local History; The American Historical Association; The Organization of American Historians; Center for Antiracist Education; and National Association for Media Literacy Education, among others.

Register here to participate in the Learn from History Coalition launch which will be held today at 8 p.m. (ET).

For more information about Learn from History, visit www.LearnFromHistory.org.

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.